Closing the Studio

The last blow-slot of the day (regardless of when) is a “Closing” slot.

Closing Procedure:

  1. Turn Blue ball-valve on Gas Line (top left of Hole) perpendicular to the line.
    (This shuts the fuel OFF). Green light above Hole should turn orange.
  2. Press Button marked “PIPE-WARMER” on Pipe-Warmer Controller
    (Button pops out & flame goes off).
  3. Turn Annealer Down:
    • Flip Sign to RED
    • Draw down arrow (↓) on chalkboard square on front of kiln.
    • Note date/time on chalkboard square (so we can track when a kiln was sent down.)
    • Press EZ-2 on controller* for that Annealer (e.g. B-2). (* Located in Flame-Shop/Classroom).
  4. Send up Annealer for the next day.
    1. Empty an Annealer (if needed and if below 200˚F) onto appropriately marked shelf in Classroom. (e.g. Annealer B1 glass goes on shelf marked B1)
    2. Sweep out broken glass/sand/etc in empty annealer.
    3. Press “EZ-1” on corresponding controller to send up the empty and clean Annealer.
  5. Sweep ENTIRE Hot Shop floor THOROUGHLY!
  6. Put Glass Tools & Brooms AWAY!